Sunday, July 28, 2013

All These Things

     It so happens that I have not the slightest clue concerning what to write about. Therefore, what you are about to read was constructed entirely on the spot and without meaningful aim. Hopefully, this does not cause you to close the page, but instead realize my amazing ability of constructing a post without first having anything to write about. You see, the trick is to use words with purpose, even when there is no purpose to be found among the words. As long as this sounds interesting, you should still be reading.
     Then again, it could be said that the purpose of these words is to communicate to you the fact that purpose is not necessary in order to obtain success. In this case, I am purposefully writing purposeful words without purpose all while non-purposefully communicating those words in a purposeful way after all.

     Oh how I love writing.

     This morning, you probably got out of bed however you usually do every other morning. That is, not until after having a long inward conversation with yourself. Possibly without even realizing your thoughts were functioning at all. In short, you wished to sleep. Unfortunately there is more to life then sleep, such as eating, moving, productivity and what not. So, against your initial will the bed was eventually deserted. (P. s.- those of you who have no trouble leaving bed in the morning are barely human and probably have cats to feed anyway so there is no need for further reading.)
     I am not aware of what the politically correct response to this question happens to be, mostly because the question is not typically of general interest among everyday conversations, but if someone were to ask me how on earth I get out of bed every morning, I would respond like so:

     Jesus. Jesus is how I do everything.

     Everyone knows the verse. Some have it memorized. In fact, when people ask for my favorite verse in the Bible this verse is the second-half of my answer.

     "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." -Philippians 4:13

     I love this verse. I hate how people use this verse. This verse is plastered on sports locker rooms. Quoted by celebrities. This verse is used out of context by pastors around the globe. This is the conclusion - the end product of what Paul is communicating. Allow me the honor of posting my all-time favorite verse for you:

     "Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." -Philippians 4:11-13

     Many use this verse when they are in need. In sports, financial crisis - whenever they are in need of success. It's words are changed, unknowingly, to "I can do this thing through Christ who strengthens me." Paul specifically makes it clear amidst the first few words that this is not his reasoning. Instead, we can do ALL things through Christ. We can win in Christ, loose in Christ, face plenty in Christ, face hunger in Christ, face abundance, need, money, poverty, success, failure, and anything else! After the battle, when we have nothing to show, no chance of success, not a friend in the world- when we have LOST. We have lost in Christ!
     There is so much more to this verse alone, but I beg you to search for yourself. I'm no expert. I just love Jesus. So this week, I propose two challenges. First, to look past what is assumed by majority and find the truth being revealed in the Bible. Also, to know that you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. When you are strengthened by Christ, you will find joy in Him. When you find joy in Christ, you can't help but be used by Him.

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